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   Into the Buzzsaw
Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press
by Kristina Borjesson
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Category: Media Studies
Code: 1758 |  ISBN: 1591022304 |  462 pp. |  Publication Date: 2004
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Format: Trade Paperback
About this book
Here, for the first time in the history of American journalism, almost two dozen award winning print and TV journalists have collaborated to produce this book of devastating essays about the dangerous state of American journalism today. Writing in riveting, often gut wrenching detail about their personal experiences with the "buzzsaw" -- concerted corporate and/or government efforts to kill their controversial stories and their careers -- the contributors reveal the awesome depth and breadth of censorship in America today. Their essays portray a press corps that regularly engages in self-censorship and attacks reporters who come under fire for not doing so. They describe a Fourth Estate that has largely relinquished its watchdog role and that has been co-opted by corporate and government powers. The bigger picture is that of a press actively contributing to the demise of democracy in America.

By virtue of the content of their first-person accounts and the fact that they are of the highest caliber and have virtually centuries of experience among them, the contributors to Into the Buzzsaw have created the equivalent of a nuclear event in American journalism. But they also point out where great reporting still occurs, how to work within the existing system to get out important stories, and how things could be improved.

Anyone who wants to know what's really going on in our nation's corridors of power, or who reads or watches the news on a regular basis, should read this book. One thing is certain: after reading this book, you will never again see or hear the news in the same way.


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